Transport

The Maltese islands aren’t very large, which makes getting around them relatively trouble-free. Public buses are cheap, efficient and plentiful and even the longest journey will not take more than an hour. Most visitors use Valletta as the hub but there are direct routes to many areas.

Renting a car – whether from an international agency or a local firm – is a good and easy option, particularly if you want to wander around independently. Most of the road signs in Malta are in English and driving is on the left, just like in the UK, with international driving licences being accepted. Parking in towns is possible, but do look out for resident-only zones and for time restrictions, particularly in the capital. Renting scooters, motorbikes or mountain bicycles is also possible, but not all roads and car drivers are two-wheel friendly.

White taxis can pick up passengers from anywhere except bus stops and are metered. It is also good to know that there are fixed tariffs from the airport and the sea terminal to all localities, however pre-booked black cars, though still chauffeur-driven, tend to be cheaper.

A regular ferry service links Malta to Gozo, while a seaplane links the Grand Harbour in Valletta to Mgarr in Gozo. There are also regular boat services between the islands, and a water taxi service using the traditional Maltese dghajsa boats is available across the Grand Harbour.